My Working Day – Anushi Desai – Co-founder of Plant Pops

As the leader of a company, you are there to set an example, to lead and inspire a team of individuals to achieve a series of business goals.  But, how do these business leaders go about their daily routine?

Business Leader spoke to Anushi Desai – Co-founder of Plant Pops about her working day.

What time do you usually wake up?

My alarm is usually set for 6.30am, followed by hitting the snooze button a few times and then I’m up and ready to face the world by 7.15am.

What do you typically have for breakfast?

A coffee and some fruit & yoghurt if I’m feeling wild (and depending on what arrives in my OddBox delivery that week!) – I’m not a huge breakfast person during the week.

What’s the rest of your morning routine before you start work?

Pre lockdown, I would start off my day at my local F45 studio. During lockdown, if I’m feeling good, I’ll go for a run – I always find I’m so much more productive if I’ve done some exercise in the morning! Otherwise, I’ll be on my phone checking emails, or reading the news.

First thing you do at the start of workday?

I make a to-do list the evening before, which allows me to focus in the mornings, as I’m definitely a morning person. I check my diary for the day and emails to see if anything has gone a bit wrong or requires my urgent attention.

How do you prioritise your work?

I love making lists – I am also most effective in the morning so I tend to try and do the biggest / more complicated tasks (eating the frog) then move onto smaller tasks/meetings and calls later on in the day.

Do you plan meetings or are they a waste of time?

I think unplanned meetings can quickly become a waste of time! I like to be prepared with my key points to cover and main questions that need answering before going into any meetings, so the session is useful for everyone. Sometimes, it’s just easiest to pick up the phone and chat through something rather than a series of emails, though.

Do you have a working lunch or is it good to take a break?

It’s really important to take a break so I’ll try and have some time away and catch up on the news or speak to my family but this doesn’t always happen and I’m often guilty of having lunch al-desko in front of my laptop.

When does your working day finish?
I find it quite hard to switch off (I love what I do and love building Plant Pops!) but usually I’ll step away from my desk (leave the office pre Covid!) at around 6.45pm. I’ll check in on my phone at points through the evening either messaging my co-founder/doing some social media bits and bobs.

How do you prepare for your next day’s work?

Make a list of things that need to be done in order of priority and set some reminders if I need to send anything out.

What’s your favourite piece of technology?

Notion – I discovered it a few months ago, and have no idea how I managed without it! I use it to make lists, track our stockists, sales, website updates and pretty much everything else through it.

How do you switch off?

I’m not great at switching off but I love cooking and spending time with my family and friends. If I’ve had a particularly stressful day, I’ll go for a long walk which always helps to clear my mind a bit!

Best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

Start today and just do it – I ummed and ahhed for ages when I first had the idea for Plant Pops, about whether it was the right time, but I’m so glad I took the leap and launched our products. I remember speaking to lots of people with amazing experience when I started out and one of the best pieces of advice I received was to validate my business idea and product by bringing a product to market, getting feedback and improving to be the best snack and product for people to eat and enjoy!